The hills are alive on Arran

The group on the Sheeans and Windmill Hill walk at the highest point of their route with leader Jo Totty at the front. Photo Hugh Boag

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The Arran hills were alive with walkers, runners and cyclists last month as the island finally emerged from lockdown.

They were all taking part in the  Arran Mountain Festival which proved to be a big success, despite the ongoing restrictions limiting some of the indoor activities.

All of the hill walks were well attended, with some being sold out well in advance and this year saw the addition of hill running and mountain bike challenges.


The lack of capacity on the single ferry meant some people who had booked could not get across but there was delight for organisers after being forced to cancel the event for the first time last year.

One of the organisers said: ‘It was a little bit different this year but we were so pleased that we could actually offer something, especially after the year we’ve all had.

‘So a big thumbs up to everyone involved and all who participated.

‘I think we all missed the hub and the evening socials. Great to see lots of locals on the walks and runs, and to welcome back some regulars as well as folk new to the event.


‘All being well, we hope to be offering some more great walks for next year and look forward to welcoming you back.  Put it in the diary for May 13 to 16, 2022.’

Here are just some of the just some of the stunning photographs taken by leaders and participants over the weekend with thanks to all the photographers we haven’t personally credited.